In a late release on Wednesday night, Minister of Education Santia Bradshaw announced the abrupt end of the Hilary School term today.
"After the consultation this afternoon with stakeholders, I made representation to the regular pre-Cabinet Parliamentary group meeting this evening, and it has been agreed that in light of several factors, including the fact that Thursday and Friday of this week were scheduled sports days and that next week is the final week of term, that the current school term shall be brought forward to an end Thursday, March 19, 2020. We shall continue consultations with stakeholders as to the way forward in light of the escalated coronavirus pandemic."
Schools were originally to continue as normal tomorrow after a stakeholders’ consultation on education yesterday, which was followed by a release from the Barbados Government Information Service indicating that all “public schools (nursery, primary, special and secondary) remain open” and classes for the secondary schools would continue in light of the cancellation of BSSAC.
Since that initial announcement, many parents and teachers took to social media to air their views indicating they did not agree with the Ministry’s position and Barbados Union of Teachers’ president Sean Spencer also aired his views in a post on his Facebook page.